Engaging Global Challenges Conference: Women, Voting, and Representation (September 24-26, 2020)

Keynote Speaker: Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist

September 24-26, 2020

This year, the United States of America celebrates 100 years since the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote and 55 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended voting rights to communities of color. As of 2020, women’s right to vote is legally recognized in the vast majority of countries, most recently including Saudi Arabia (2015), Kuwait (2005), and Oman (2003).

Despite widespread legal recognition of women as political actors, women continue to be disenfranchised and underrepresented in most political institutions both in the US and around the world. Today, only 24% of the world’s parliamentarians are women, and glass ceilings remain firmly in place for other political decision-making positions.
In most nations, women’s political rights resulted from extensive organizing and collaboration with other national and international rights movements. Marginalization of women does not occur in isolation; it is built into political structures that discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, class, property ownership, wealth, etc. It is only because of struggles by diverse constituencies that purportedly democratic institutions expand to include the demands and rights of marginalized groups.

This conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and students to reflect upon the history of women’s political contributions across the globe in order to inform present-day struggles for women’s full political participation.

Presenters and audience will shed light on and allow for comparative analysis of how women in diverse political, cultural, and religious contexts navigate institutional and social realities to influence the politics and policies of their communities and nations. We aim to foster the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and resources related to the fight for political rights and representation across diverse regions of the globe, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. We invite proposals that engage both theory and practice and include voices from within and beyond the academy. Potential topics include:
• Suffrage campaigns around the globe
• Grassroots political activism
• Violence against women in Politics/Elections
• LGBTQ Communities and access to political power/influence
• Intersectional analyses of political participation and representation
• Advances in and obstacles to women’s participation in politics and elections
• Voter suppression and harassment

To this end, we accept proposals for 75-minute interactive sessions in the following categories:
• Panel proposal: a session of 3-4 papers, each lasting approximately 10-12 minutes.
• Single paper proposal: a single paper (of approximately 10-12 minutes) to be placed within a related panel
• Poster/Screen: a visual display of a program or research on a poster or laptop. We especially encourage undergraduate students to submit in this category.

Please visit https://www.agnesscott.edu/engaging-global-challenges/call-for-proposals.html for proposal submission guidelines. Direct questions to egc@agnesscott.edu.

All proposals are due by April 15, 2020. Presenters will be notified by May 2020.

Limited subvention funds are available on a competitive basis for those who cannot participate without partial assistance. Please include your request for funds and proposed budget with your proposal.

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